Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spiritualist artist "Augustin Lesage"

about a month back I happened to see some animated interpretation of  Augustin Lesage work directed by Max Hattler on vimeo.com my link source was motionographer.com
I liked the videos and it created a curiosity in me to know more about this artist called Augustin Lesage. why people were making animation on this fellow's work? what is so special about his work? 
I googled about the artist and got a blog post link which has a good amount of information about Augustin Lesage.
actually, this post was on emily ann pothast [she, herself is a visual artist, musician, and writer based in Seattle, Washington.(http://www.emilypothast.com/bio.html)] 's blog called Translinguistic Other (http://emilypothast.wordpress.com/)
Augustin Lesage was coal mine laborer and turned into an artist in 1911 at 35 on hearing the underground voice. his life surrounds with Spiritualist circles and faith healing. an intriguing life story, you can read the full version on Emily's blog:
what I am more interested here in this post is how you turn an abstract spiritual still painting into motion keeping it's soul intact. a tough task to handle! well done Max !!

Augustin Lesage at work

here are the videos of animation loops directed by Max Hattler, inspired by the work  Augustin Lesage.
A symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World' from 1923 and 1925.


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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

how to train your dragon and the vikings

It’s been some time when I first saw 'how to train your dragon' trailer. I did not observe any thing similar that time. but recently I watched current promo of the film. Then I found that it has a bit of similarity with a 2D animated film Asterix and the Vikings. May be it is because both of the film have Vikings as their subject thus the depiction of Viking characters is visually very similar, specially the teenage hero. I have not seen the how to train your dragon movie as yet and is in my wish list. But I have seen Asterix and the Vikings and I had it enjoyed thoroughly. This is not to undermine anything but to visually connect two entirely different works of arts.

Asterix and the Vikings:

How to Train Your Dragon Official Trailer:

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